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13 Variations on "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll" From Around the World

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Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll—that holy trinity of hedonism—is a more timeless trio than you’d think. The first identified use of the phrase as we know it was in a 1969 LIFE magazine piece, which declared, “The counter culture has its sacraments in sex, drugs and rock.” Two years later, a writer for the Spectator, a British magazine, also attempted to wrap his head around "kids these days," saying, “Not for nothing is the youth culture characterized by sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.” 

But the phrase really took off in 1977, when British musician Ian Dury released a song using a version of the expression as its title. Since then, variations have been used to name movies, a TV show, books, albums, and yes, even more rock songs.

Dury’s tune may have popularized the term “sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll,” but it’s really just one iteration of the much older expression, “wine, woman, and song.” As a hendiatris—a figure of speech that uses three words or phrases to make it more memorable—“wine, woman, and song” conveys a set of priorities that are pretty universal in appeal. Variations on the phrase have existed across cultures for hundreds of years. 

It’s not clear who coined the phrase, but it most likely originated in a German song lyric and was in print by the 1770s: Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang, der bleibt ein Narr sein Leben lang.” (English translation: “Who does not love wine, women, and song, remains a fool his whole life long.”)

Although some scholars attribute the couplet to a song written by theologian Martin Luther, others claim a German writer named Johann Heinrich Voss first said it. Still others keep it vague, attributing the couplet to an anonymous author. We do know that in 1839, the German phrase first appeared in a British magazine, attributed to Luther.

The concept of “Wein, Weib, und Gesang” (“wine, woman, and song”) even made its way into the original German national anthem, and musicians ranging from Johann Strauss II to Loretta Lynn have written tunes called “Wine, Women, and Song.” John Keats even wrote a poem called “Give Me Women, Wine, and Snuff” in 1817, apparently choosing sniffable tobacco over music as his vice of choice. 

Some of these variations on the “illicit substance" + "women" + "music” formula are: 

1. Polish: Wino, kobiety i śpiew ("wine, women and singing") 

2. Finnish: Viini, laulu ja naiset ("wine, song, and women") 

3. Sanskrit/Hindi: Sur, Sura, Sundari ("music, wine and woman") 

4. Portuguese: Putas, música e vinho verde ("whores, music and green wine") 

5. Danish: Vin, kvinder og sang ("wine, women and song") 

6. Czech: Ženy, víno a zpěv ("women, wine and singing") 

7. Norwegian: Piker, vin og sang ("girls, wine and song") 

8. German: Wein, Weib und Gesang ("wine, woman and singing") 

9. Swedish: Vin, kvinnor och sång ("wine, women and song") 

10. Georgian: ღვინო, დუდუკი, ქალები ("wine, pipe music, women")

11. Italian: Bacco, tabacco e Venere ("Bacchus, tobacco and Venus") 

12. Turkish: At, Avrat, Silah ("horse, woman, weapons") 

13. Bulgarian: Пиене, ядене и някоя сгодна женица ("drink, food and a good woman")

Study up and you’ll be ready to rock wherever you are.  

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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

[h/t Fortune]


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